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Koninklijke Lierse Sportkring (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkoːnɪŋkləkə ˈliːrsə ˈspɔrtkrɪŋ]), often simply known as Lierse, was a Belgian professional football club from the city of Lier in the Antwerp province. Lierse have won four championship titles and two Belgian Cups. Lierse was one of the six Belgian clubs to have played in the UEFA Champions League group stage, the other being Anderlecht, Club Brugge, Genk, Standard Liège and KAA Gent.

K. Lierse S.K.
Lierse S.K.
Full nameKoninklijke Lierse Sportkring
Nickname(s)De Pallieters
FoundedMarch 6, 1906 (creation)
DissolvedMay 9, 2018
GroundHerman Vanderpoortenstadion, Lier
Capacity14,538 [1]
OwnerMaged Samy
LeagueProximus League
2017/20184th
WebsiteClub website

The club was founded in 1906 and they first promoted to the first division in 1927–28. Lierse was successful in the first division until the end of World War II, winning two titles and finishing only four times outside the top five. At the end of the 1947–48 season, they were relegated to the second division. Lierse enjoyed two more spells at the highest level, each time with a championship win (between 1953–54 and 1985–86 and between 1988–89 and 2006–07). Lierse spent five more years in first division between 2010–11 and 2014–15, but since then played in the second division.

Lierse played their home matches at the Herman Vanderpoortenstadion in Lier, which is also known as Het Lisp, because the stadium is located in a neighbourhood named Lisp. They had yellow and black colours. The club was bought by Egyptian businessman Maged Samy, who also owns KV Turnhout and Wadi Degla in Egypt.

The most capped player at the club is Bernard Voorhoof with 61 caps for Belgium, all when he was at Lierse. With 30 goals, he was the topscorer of the Belgium national football team together with Paul Van Himst, until Romelu Lukaku (who played in Lierse's youth squads) surpassed this record.

On May 9th, 2018 the team announced that it requested bankruptcy.[2][3]

After the bankruptcy of the team negotiations started with Lyra and Oosterzonen. Eventually two teams with the name Lierse were formed: K. Lyra-Lierse and K. Lierse Kempenzonen[4]. K. Lierse Kempenzonen will play with the old Lierse S.K. logo at the Herman Vanderpoortenstadion.[5]

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HistoryEdit

 
Lierse SK in 1906: Founders and first players

The early yearsEdit

In 1904, Gustaaf Van Den Roye learned about the game of football in Antwerp and got fascinated about it. He bought an authentic ball to play the game in his hometown of Lier. The first games were played on a terrain owned by the local graf Marnix de Sainte-Aldegonde. Local farmers were not pleased and the police had to intervene, who prohibited any further games. The graf was informed of what happened and he asked Van Den Roye to come and see him. When Van Den Roye told the Graf about his intent to start an actual football club and pointed out the difficulties he was faced with, The Graf promised him a terrain which could serve as a football ground.

On March 6, 1906, during a meeting in a local pub called De Roskam a football club was founded, named Liersche Sportkring. Lierse was born and a first board was established: Gerard Quaeyhaegens as chairman, Gust van den Roye as secretary and Georges Peeters as Treasurer. Graf Marnix de Sainte-Aldegonde agreed to become honorary chairman.

Two years after its foundation, in September 1908, Lierse became a member of the Royal Belgian Football Association, where it started playing in the lowest tier of Belgian Football. In 1913 the club made its first impact in Belgian football, when it became the first club ever out a regional league to reach the quarter-finals of the Belgian Cup. The club climbed through the ranks of Belgian football. In 1922, after winning a national play-off round Lierse gained promotion to the national levels of Belgian Football, which they would never leave until present.

1927–1948: First spell at the highest levelEdit

Five years after reaching the national levels, in 1927, Lierse became champions in division 1 the second tier of Belgian football, with a 2 points advantage over RSC Anderlecht. In doing so, Lierse succeeded promotion to the highest level for the first time in its history. This first spell in the top tier proved to be very successful immediately as Lierse became champions for the first time in 1932. In the 12 seasons that followed they finished only 1 time outside the top 5, becoming runner up in 1935 and 1939, and winning the championship again in 1941 (unofficial due to World War II) and 1942.

One of the major factors of the success of the club in this period was Bernard Voorhoof, who scored 350 goals in 529 matches for the club. He was voted "Lierse player of the century" when the club celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006. Until now Voorhoof is also still the topscorer of the Belgium national football team with 30 goals in 61 matches and he is one of the four players worldwide to have competed in all 3 FIFA World Cups before World War II.

The second World War had its impact on the club though. 2 players of the club, national goalkeeper Frans Christiaens and Frans Vervoort died during allied bombardments on a factory in German-occupied Mortsel. Also Jules Van Craen, topscorer of the Belgian League in the 1943 season died during the war. In the season 1944–45 Lierse, together with three other clubs from the Antwerp area, did not compete in the league, due to the German bombardments on the Port of Antwerp. These facts, combined with some of the older players retiring caused the club to decline until they finished bottom of the league in 1948. After 21 years at the highest level, Lierse were relegated for the first time in its history.

1953–2018Edit

Five years later, in 1953 Lierse secured promotion to the highest level again.

In 1960, K. Lierse S.K won their third championship title, and distinguished themselves at European level.

In 1969, Lierse won the Belgian Cup for the first time.

21 September 1971 is considered an important day for Lierse. Two weeks earlier, Lierse had lost 0–2 at home to the far superior Leeds United in the first round of the UEFA Cup. Nobody expected that Lierse would win in Leeds, but 90 minutes later the scoreboard read that Lierse had improbably won 0–4, and Leeds, the Cup holders were knocked out.

In 1986 Lierse were again relegated, but were promoted back to the top division in 1988. Keeping up with the elite clubs in Belgium had now become the top priority. Rich clubs such as Anderlecht and Club Bruges reigned supreme in the Belgian League.

1991-1994: Telefusion Belgium sponsored SK LIERSE in these years.

In 1997 Lierse became league champions again, to a large amount of people's surprise. The hotly tipped favourites, Club Bruges, were surprisingly beaten to the title by Lierse.

Two years later in 1999, Lierse won the Belgian Cup again.

In May of 2018, owner Maged Samy and David Nakhid failed to agree on terms for a possible acquisition, making the future of the club uncertain.[6][3]

Last squadEdit

As of 14 February 2018.[7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2   DF Jonas Vinck
4   DF Frédéric Frans
5   MF Othman Boussaid
6   MF Yoni Buyens
7   FW Dodo El Gabbas
8   MF Ayyoub Allach
10   MF Anas Tahiri
11   MF Mégan Laurent
13   DF Ludovic Buysens
14   DF Yakubu Issahaku
15   DF Pierre Bourdin
16   DF Joeri Poelmans
17   DF Koen Weuts
No. Position Player
18   MF Thomas Wils
21   MF Beni Badibanga (on loan from Standard Liège)
22   FW Aurélien Joachim
23   GK Jari De Busser
24   MF Boubacar Diarra
25   FW Nico Binst
30   GK Nathan Goris
32   DF Andrei
33   GK Patrick Rakovsky
39   MF Brice Ntambwe
44   FW Wolke Janssens (on loan from Sint-Truidense)
77   MF Ivan Yagan
  MF Djaïd Kasri

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  DF Charles Kwateng (at KFC Mandel United until 30 June 2018)
No. Position Player
  DF Karim Hafez (at RC Lens until 30 June 2018)

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name Nationality
Manager David Colpaert   BEL
Assistant Coach Nico Van Kerckhoven   BEL
Assistant Coach William Still   ENG
Goalkeeping Coach Patrick Nys   BEL

ManagersEdit

Lierse S.K. coaching history from 1930 to present

HonoursEdit

European recordEdit

As of 2019:
Competition Appearances Matches played Won Drawn Lost Goals for Goals against
UEFA Champions League 2 10 1 1 8 6 19
Cup Winners' Cup 2 6 3 0 3 12 12
UEFA Cup 5 18 5 3 10 28 28
Intertoto Cup 2 12 6 0 6 21 16

StadiumEdit

 
Stadium Lierse anno 2018

Since 1925 Lierse played in the Herman Vanderpoortenstadion often referred to as Lisp. The latter is the location of the stadium in the residential area Lisp. The stadium has a capacity of 14.538[8].

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Het Herman Vanderpoortenstadion lierse.com (last check 30/03/2018)
  2. ^ "Lierse is failliet, stamnummer 30 verdwijnt: "Game over"".
  3. ^ a b "K. Lierse S.K. CVBA heeft het faillissement aangevraagd - Lierse SK". www.lierse.com.
  4. ^ "Oosterzonen heeft akkoord over stadion Lierse: Lierse Kempenzonen komt eraan". 1 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Privacy settings". www.hln.be.
  6. ^ wic, gegy, dvd. "Drama voor Lierse: overname mislukt, club krijgt geen uitstel van het BAS: "Fans waardig afscheid geven"".
  7. ^ "Spelers-nl" (in Dutch). lierse.com. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Stadion - Lierse SK". www.lierse.com.

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